Tommy Morrison
American heavyweight boxer
Tommy Morrison
Tommy Morrison born January 2, 1969, is an American heavyweight boxer and a former World Boxing Organization champion. He lost only three out of a total of 52 professional fights. Morrison's nickname, "The Duke," is based on disputed claims that he is a grandnephew of Hollywood star John Wayne. Morrison was a co-star with Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 boxing movie Rocky V. Morrison's professional boxing career ended for many years when he tested positive for HIV in 1996.
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Illinois' Pensions System Saw One Important Change in 1989
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The following is an excerpt from the pension history section of the General Assembly's 2015 report on the condition of Illinois' pension systems: "Eventually, this debt's going to come due, folks. So, you know, realize that in this bill there are all kinds of windows that have been opened for all kinds of people... special situations that everybody around here has asked for. But the fact of the matter is, that doesn't cost much. What really costs the money is the 3 percent compounding. I have no objection to it, if you want to set aside a billion dollars to pay pension benefits, But if you don't, then maybe you'd better back off a little bit." --State Sen. Calvin Schuneman (R-Prophetstown), June 30, 1989 It's been nearly 26 years since Sen. Calvin Schuneman (R-Prophetstown) tried to warn his colleagues in Springfield that what was being treated as an innocuous adjustment in public pension rules was a disaster waiting to happen. On June 30, 1989, the Illinois Senate debat ...
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Tommy Morrison dies at 44; former heavyweight boxing champion
LATimes - over 3 years
In 1993, Tommy Morrison beat George Foreman for the WBO heavyweight title. He also played Tommy Gunn in 'Rocky V.' His career was cut short by a positive HIV test in 1996. Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who starred in the 1990 movie "Rocky V" and later saw his fighting career shortened by a positive HIV test, has died. He was 44.
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Tommy Morrison Dead - 'Rocky V' Star Dies at 44 (TMZ.com)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
TMZ.com: Tommy Morrison Dead — ‘Rocky V’ Star Dies at 44  —  Tommy Morrison — a former heavyweight boxing champ and star of “Rocky V” — died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night ... after a long battle with AIDS.  —  Morrison's longtime boxing promoter, Tony Holden, confirmed the death.
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Boxing-Former heavyweight champion Morrison dies at 44
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Sept 2 (Reuters) - Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who was widely known for his power-punching style, a charismatic smile and role in the "Rocky V" movie, has died at the age of 44. The boxer's former promoter, Tony Holden, told the Tulsa World that Morrison had died on Sunday night in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska but no official cause of death was given. "He was with his wife Trisha when he passed," Holden said. Morrison, 48-3-1 with 42 knockouts, reached the pinnacle of his career when he beat George Foreman in 1993 to capture the World Boxing Organisation title. ...
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Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison Dies at 44
New York Times - over 3 years
Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Monday. He was 44.     
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Former heavyweight champion boxer Tommy Morrison dies at 44
Fox News - over 3 years
Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died Monday. He was 44.
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More politicians like Rep. Morrison
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Your assessment of State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) in your editorial on Jan. 9 (“The cowards surrender”) was completely off the mark and flawed.
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Heavyweight Gossip: Mike Tyson Hot for Sarah Palin, Tommy Morrison Arrested ... - BoxingInsider.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The charges apparently stem from a 2010 arrest in Kansas that were thought by Morrison to be dropped, but as is usual with Tommy Morrison these days, the exact details of this incident are muddled and confusing. Morrison's life has been in pretty much
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy Morrison
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    On September 1, 2013, Morrison died at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 44.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Morrison's cause of death was cardiac arrest, resulting from multiorgan failure due to septic shock caused by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection.
    In August 2013, Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com reported that Morrison's mother Diana disclosed that Tommy had "full-blown AIDS" and was "in his final days."
    More Details Hide Details She also stated that Morrison had been bedridden for over a year. The same article also stated that Morrison's wife, Trisha, did not believe Morrison had AIDS.
  • 2011
    Tommy and Trisha Morrison were married in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details They had no children. He has one son who is also a boxer, Lippe Morrison.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    On April 3, 2002, he was sentenced to another year in prison after violating parole in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but was given credit for time previously served.
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  • 2000
    On January 14, 2000, Morrison was sentenced to two years in prison on the September 16 charges.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    While awaiting trial on the September 16 charges, Morrison was again arrested on charges of intoxication and possessing a weapon while a felon in November 1999.
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    On September 16, 1999, the police stopped Morrison for driving erratically and found drugs and weapons in his car, which resulted in various drugs and firearms charges.
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    In September 1999, an Oklahoma court gave a two-year suspended sentence for a DUI elevated to felony level by his previous DUI conviction.
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  • 1997
    In 1997, an Oklahoma jury convicted him of DUI in an accident that left three people injured; the court ordered Morrison to spend time in treatment.
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  • 1996
    In October 1996, Morrison pleaded guilty to transporting a loaded firearm in Jay, Oklahoma; he received a 6-month suspended sentence and a $100 fine.
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    Morrison declined to take the test because he said it would be the same kind of test administered by Nevada in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, Morrison invited the Quebec commission to attend a public test, but the commission did not come. Morrison stated that if Quebec refused to license him, he would "take the dog and pony show somewhere else."
    The Nevada commission's medical advisory board reviewed Morrison's 1996 test results and concluded they were "ironclad and unequivocal."
    More Details Hide Details Morrison said he tried to get a copy of the original test result but was unable to do so, adding: "I don't think it ever existed." The Commission said Morrison could "contact the laboratory, and they would immediately release the results to him." Morrison tested negative for HIV four times in January 2007. That year, he began fighting again. After passing medical tests in Texas, West Virginia licensed Morrison to fight in that state. In February 2007 he fought and beat John Castle. In June, Morrison's former agent, Randy Lang, alleged that Morrison had tested positive in January and that the boxer had tampered with blood samples. Morrison responded that he had fired Lang when he discovered that Lang was not a lawyer. On July 22, 2007, the New York Times reported that Morrison took two HIV tests in 2007 and a third specifically for the Times. HIV experts reviewed the three tests and concluded that the 1996 result had been a false positive. But ringside doctors, including Nevada's chief ringside physician, expressed doubt. They implied that the negative results were not in fact based on Morrison's blood. The experts agreed that no one is ever cured of HIV; if the negative tests from 2007 were performed on Morrison's blood, then he had never been infected with HIV.
    At another news conference on September 19, 1996, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Morrison announced he wished to fight "one last time" when he could find an opponent, the proceeds of which would benefit his KnockOut AIDS Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details A spokesman for the Oklahoma Professional Boxing Advisory Board said Morrison would probably not be permitted to fight in Oklahoma because of his Nevada suspension. To treat his infection, Morrison said he took antiretroviral medication, which reduced his viral load to almost undetectable levels. In 2006, Morrison said his HIV tests had been false positives.
    At a news conference on February 15, 1996, Morrison said he had contracted HIV because of a "permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle".
    More Details Hide Details Morrison stated that he would "absolutely" never fight again.
    In 1996, Morrison was scheduled to fight against Arthur Weathers.
    More Details Hide Details The Nevada Athletic Commission determined that Morrison had tested positive for HIV. The Commission suspended Morrison from boxing in Nevada. Several days later, Morrison's physician administered a test, which was also positive.
    At one point in 1996 Morrison was married to two women at the same time, Dawn Freeman and Dawn Gilbert.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison had two children by age 19.
  • 1995
    Morrison won three fights in 1995 before meeting former #1 contender Razor Ruddock.
    More Details Hide Details Ruddock dropped Morrison to his knees in the first round, but Morrison recovered to force a standing count in round two and compete on even terms for five rounds. In the sixth round, Ruddock hurt Morrison with a quick combination, but just as it seemed Morrison was in trouble, he countered with a tremendous hook that put Ruddock on the canvas. Ruddock regained his feet, but Morrison drove him to the ropes and showered him with an extended flurry of blows. Just as the bell was about to sound, the referee stepped in and declared Morrison the winner by TKO. The much-anticipated fight with Lewis, who had also lost his world championship, finally took place following the Ruddock match. Morrison was knocked out in the sixth round.
  • 1994
    Morrison recovered by winning three bouts in a row in 1994, but his last fight of the year, against Ross Puritty, ended with a draw.
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  • 1993
    In December 1993, Morrison was charged with assault and public intoxication when he allegedly punched a University of Iowa student.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison said that the student had been staring at him. Morrison pleaded guilty and paid a $310 fine, but said he was innocent.
    After two wins in 1993, including one over two-time world title challenger Carl "The Truth" Williams, Morrison found himself fighting for the WBO title again, against heavyweight boxing legend George Foreman, who was himself making a comeback.
    More Details Hide Details As both men were famed for their punching power, an exciting battle was expected, but Morrison chose to avoid brawling with Foreman and spent the fight boxing from long range. He was able to hit and move effectively in this manner, and after a closely contested bout he won a unanimous 12-round decision and the WBO title. Morrison's first title defense was scheduled against Mike Williams, but when Williams withdrew on the night of the fight, Tim Tomashek stood in as a replacement. Although Tomashek had been prepared to fight as a backup plan, some news reports created the impression that he had just been pulled out of the crowd. The WBO later rescinded their sanctioning of this fight due to Tomashek's lack of experience. Almost immediately, talks of a fight with WBC champion Lennox Lewis began, but were halted when virtually unknown Michael Bentt upset Morrison in his next bout. Bentt knocked Morrison down three times, and the fight was stopped in the first round in front of a live HBO Boxing audience.
  • 1992
    In the Hipp fight, held June 19, 1992, Morrison was suffering from what was later discovered to be a broken hand and broken jaw, but rallied to score a knockout in the ninth round.
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    He had six wins in 1992, including fights with Art Tucker and Joe Hipp, who later became the first Native American to challenge for the world heavyweight title.
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  • 1991
    He was given an opportunity to face fellow undefeated fighter Ray Mercer, the WBO title holder in a Pay Per View card held on October 18, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison suffered the first loss of his career, losing by 5th round knockout.
    In 1991, Morrison won fights against opponents James Tillis and former world champion Pinklon Thomas.
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  • 1990
    He took a six-month break from boxing to work on the movie in 1990.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989, actor Sylvester Stallone observed one of Morrison's bouts.
    More Details Hide Details Stallone arranged a script reading and cast Morrison in the movie Rocky V as Tommy "The Machine" Gunn, a young and talented protege of the retired Rocky Balboa.
    In 1989, Morrison had 19 wins and no losses, 15 by knockout.
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  • 1988
    Morrison started his professional boxing career on November 10, 1988, with a first-round knockout of William Muhammad in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Three weeks later, he scored another first-round knockout.
    In 1988, Morrison won the Regional Heavyweight Title – Kansas City Golden Gloves from Donald Ellis and advanced to the National Golden Gloves in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lost a split decision to Derek Isaman.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, Morrison took part in the Western Olympic trials in Houston, Texas winning the Heavyweight Title and garnering the "Most Outstanding Fighter" of the tournament. Two weeks after that at the Olympic Trials in Concord, California, Morrison lost a split decision to Ray Mercer, who would go on to win the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. His combined professional and amateur record is 343–24–1, with 315 wins by knockout.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born on January 2, 1969.
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